Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters, and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Donald Trump picked a military town — Virginia Beach, Va. — to give a speech Monday on how he would go about overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

He blamed the Obama administration for a string of scandals at the VA during the past two years, and claimed that his rival, Hillary Clinton, has downplayed the problems and won't fix them.

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Census Bureau's Website Is Coming Back: 1940 Data Now Viewable

Apr 3, 2012

After a tough start because of huge interest that overwhelmed servers, the Census Bureau's new website devoted to records from the 1940 census is showing signs of life.

Monday, as The Associated Press says, the website was "nearly paralyzed shortly after the records became available to the public":

"Miriam Kleiman, a spokeswoman for the archives, told The Associated Press that the site registered more than 22 million hits in just four hours on Monday from almost 2 million users. In a tweet posted after 5 p.m. on its official Twitter account, the archives said the website had gotten 37 million hits since the information was released at 9 a.m.

"The government released the records for the first time after 72 years of confidentiality expired."

But this blogger has been able to navigate through the site this morning to find his parents' records.

It wasn't easy. If you don't know the "enumeration district" for the records you're looking for, you need to hit the help button and do a search through the 1930 census records. For me, that turned up the enumeration district linked to the records of my grandfather.

Then it was back to the 1940 data. Plugging in the enumeration district produced a set of 36 pages for the old home town (it was and still is a small place).

And there, 13 pages in, were mom and dad — Arthur and Sara Memmott (both now deceased).

Any shocking surprises? No.

Their ages are correct. They were indeed married at the time, as they told us they had been since July 1939. Brother Ed hadn't yet been born (he came along in July, 1940). Dad had earned $1,700 the year before, teaching at the school in town. Mom had earned $810. If I have my family history right, 1939 would have been her last year of teaching.

One kind of amazing number: $20. That's what they were paying in monthly rent for the huge home they would buy a year or two later (for $2,500, according to my father).

So the folks were spending about 14 percent of dad's monthly income on rent.

Overall, just a little snapshot of the Memmotts just before World War II, before their six kids were born.

Happy hunting if you're also inclined to search the records.

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